12 Horror Book Recommendations for Halloween

With Halloween just shy of a week away, I decided to share some of my favourite books to read around this spoopy time of year! All of the novels listed here are fantastic fright-night narratives with spookatcular elements in one form or another, and I gave them all 3.5 stars or higher! There are even a few books that kept me from being able to sleep in the dark, which are the best kinds of spoopy things to read. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ

Another by Yukito Ayatsuji

๐ŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
๐ŸŽƒ Impeccably written with an intellectual prose that’s accessible and gripping.
๐ŸŽƒ The story has a slow-burn, intensifying in creepiness and scary elements with each turn of the page.
๐ŸŽƒ Unique concept that is fully fleshed out and intricately constructed that keeps you absorbed from beginning to end.
๐ŸŽƒ Great for folks who like unpredictable, paced, supernatural stories surrounding urban legends, particularly where Japanese supernatural folklore is concerned.

Another Episode S/0 by Yukito Ayatsuji

๐ŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural
๐ŸŽƒ Companion story to Another (should be read after Another to avoid spoilers for main novel).
๐ŸŽƒ Brilliantly psychological in every way.
๐ŸŽƒ Intelligently put together.
๐ŸŽƒ Atmospheric with sinister aura that surrounds the reader from beginning to end.
๐ŸŽƒ Wonderful for folks who enjoy supernatural stories that will make them question everything.


I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter

๐ŸŽƒ Historical Fiction, Crime Thriller, Horror
๐ŸŽƒ The novel takes you into the mind of Jack the Ripper and the detective hunting him, creating a malevolent and intense cat-and-mouse situation.
๐ŸŽƒ Stunning in its brutality; tons of visceral, grotesque, and violent imagery.
๐ŸŽƒย  Prose is a bit slow, but it’s immensely well-written and perfectly complementary to time period.
๐ŸŽƒ Details of the crimes are derived from actual, real-life context, such as authentic interviews, periodicals from the era, etc., making everything that much more genuine.
๐ŸŽƒ Perfect for folks who enjoy Victorian crime thrillers that don’t shy away from violence.

Crimson Peak: The Film Novelization by Nancy Holder, Original Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro

๐ŸŽƒ Victorian Gothic Horror, Supernatural
๐ŸŽƒ Better than the film as it fleshes out the story and has some additional content that’s not in the film.
๐ŸŽƒย  Stunning vivid imagery.
๐ŸŽƒ The prose is breathtakinglyย felicitous to the Victorian time period (1887).
๐ŸŽƒ Sensationally atmospheric with a setting that will completely encapsulate you.
๐ŸŽƒ Creepy as fuck!
๐ŸŽƒ Perfect for fans of twisted Gothic horror.


Alien: The Film Novelizationย  by Alan Dean Foster

๐ŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Psychological Horror
๐ŸŽƒ Definitely a paced story, but adds unique touches you don’t get from the film, such as internal musings of what the cast is feeling and thinking.
๐ŸŽƒ Jump scares are more intense in the book due to how they’re written.
๐ŸŽƒ Slow-build of suspense that creates an uncomfortable tension that is the perfect companion to the story being told.
๐ŸŽƒ Has its moments of grossness.
๐ŸŽƒ Great for fans of science-fiction horror, or fans of creature features.

Aliens Omnibus: Complete Collection Volume 1 by Steve Perry & Stephani Perry

๐ŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Psychological Horror
๐ŸŽƒ Add more depth and lore to the Xenomorph universe, while providing fascinating insight into the creatures.
๐ŸŽƒ The prose is extremely fluid and fast-paced due to the ordinarily and straight-forward writing style.
๐ŸŽƒ Retains that air of slow-burn psychological tension that is familiar with Aliens franchise.
๐ŸŽƒ Violent and gross.
๐ŸŽƒ Excellent for fans of the franchise, and folks who like creature features.


Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

๐ŸŽƒ Southern Gothic Horror, Supernatural
๐ŸŽƒ The epitome of classic Southern Gothic horror story: grotesque characters, horrific and transgressive motifs, and an angtsy sense of alienation.
๐ŸŽƒ Very paced, but focuses intimately on the characters, which makes this book so damn irresistible.
๐ŸŽƒ The narrative in its entirety is profoundly chilling and eerie.
๐ŸŽƒ Meticulously written.
๐ŸŽƒย  Some of the imagery is psychologically fucked up, graphic, and plain disgusting.
๐ŸŽƒ Trigger warnings: Scene of rape.
๐ŸŽƒ Highly recommended for fans of classic Southern Gothic horror.

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

๐ŸŽƒ British Literature, Magical Realism, Dark Fantasy
๐ŸŽƒ A relatively short novel that is easy to read within a couple of hours.
๐ŸŽƒ Less obvious horror andย  more innately cognitive horror as it addresses very genuine and ordinary fears.
๐ŸŽƒ Very strange, dark, and twisted that is subtle in its execution.
๐ŸŽƒ Trigger Warning: A brief scene of child abuse.
๐ŸŽƒ Perfect for people who enjoy being scared on a truly psychological and emotional level; those who enjoy strange and uncomfortable tales.


Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

๐ŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Dystopian, Psychological Thriller
๐ŸŽƒ Not traditionally a horror novel, but excellent for Halloween due to the extravagantly savage and merciless quantity of bloodshed, which is further amplified since middle-schoolers are partaking in said violence.
๐ŸŽƒ A twisted and malevolent examination of how fear affects a person’s psyche, specifically when you think about their accumulated experiences.
๐ŸŽƒ Brilliantly written.
๐ŸŽƒ Fast-paced and beautifully fluid; very easy to get swept away by it.
๐ŸŽƒ Trigger warnings: Scenes of sexual assault and rape.
๐ŸŽƒ Recommended for fans of brutal fucking books, dystopian governments and horror relating to affects fear has on the human brain.

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

๐ŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Gothic, Short Story Collection, Psychological Horror
๐ŸŽƒ A short book with 11 tales, loosely connected, that you can read in a matter of an hour or two.
๐ŸŽƒ Subtle horror elements that evoke an intimate sense of strange eeriness.
๐ŸŽƒ As the connections are revealed, it envelopes you in an aura that’s very menacing.
๐ŸŽƒ Very contemplative in nature.
๐ŸŽƒ Prose is terse, spooky, idiosyncratic.
๐ŸŽƒ Glorious for fans who like subtle thinky narratives that stick to their bones long after it’s finished.


Resident Evil: Caliban Cove by S.D. Perry (Original Story)

๐ŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Horror
๐ŸŽƒ Wonderful zombie narrative that takes you into the mind of someone who’s infected as they slowly lose their mind and transition into a zombie.
๐ŸŽƒ Superbly atmospheric as the setting encompasses an abandoned laboratory on a spooky-as-hell island, along with an abandoned lighthouse.
๐ŸŽƒ Suspenseful with a decent fabrication of intensity.
๐ŸŽƒ Short, fast, and easy to read.
๐ŸŽƒ Marvellous for folks who are fans of the Resident Evil franchise, or enjoy zombie books in general.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica by S.D. Perry (Novelization of Original Video Game)

๐ŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Horror, Psychological Thriller
๐ŸŽƒ The most twisted and fucked-up addition to the franchise that’s far more psychological than other instalments.
๐ŸŽƒ Fast and easy to read.
๐ŸŽƒ The twists are shocking.
๐ŸŽƒ New zombified monsters that add grossly creepy elements.
๐ŸŽƒ Really well-written.
๐ŸŽƒ Good for fans of the franchise and those who love the zombie books.


Thank you so much for stopping by! What are some of your favourite horror books for Halloween??

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